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State Office of Rural Health Gets Director

Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver

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Larry Allen

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“I cannot think of a person that I would be more proud to have follow me in this position. In addition to his outstanding professional qualifications, Larry is a team player with a deep commitment to rural Kentucky. I am delighted that Larry is willing to continue his excellent work for the center.”

--Judy Jones,
director,
University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health

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August 4, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Larry Allen, a veteran of the coal mining and health care industries, has been named director of the Kentucky State Office of Rural Health (KSORH), a part of the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health (UKCRH) in Hazard.

UKCRH Director Judy Jones, who made the appointment pending approval of the UK Board of Trustees, cited Allen’s exceptional leadership during his year-long term as interim director of the KSORH.

“I cannot think of a person that I would be more proud to have follow me in this position,” said Jones. “In addition to his outstanding professional qualifications, Larry is a team player with a deep commitment to rural Kentucky. I am delighted that Larry is willing to continue his excellent work for the center.”

Prior to being appointed KSORH interim director in May 2002, Allen served as that office’s director of the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, a federally funded technical assistance program aimed at helping rural hospitals with community health assessments, feasibility studies, and network development.

“I'm very pleased to have been selected as director,” said Allen, who emphasized KSORH’s role as a statewide rural health advocacy organization. “I intend to build on the programs we've developed over the years and ultimately to improve the health of all rural Kentuckians.”

Besides assisting rural hospitals, under Allen’s leadership KSORH has convinced several communities to use Rural Health Works, a collaborative effort between the UK Department of Agricultural Economics, UKCRH, UK Cooperative Extension Service,
and KSORH that assists rural Kentucky counties in promoting and supporting economic development and local health care networks. KSORH also recently acquired grant funds to provide 107 automated external defibrillators and to train emergency service organizations in 40 rural Kentucky counties.

Allen has spent his career living and working in Eastern Kentucky. He earned a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Morehead State University. For more than 17 years, Allen worked for the former Arch Mineral Corp. in Breathitt, Letcher and Perry counties, assuming a leadership role in human resources. From 1995 to 1999, he served as manager for special projects and marketing for Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s Hazard Regional Medical Center.

Allen lives at Lotts Creek in Knott County with his wife, Nancy, a published children’s author and librarian for the Hazard Independent School System.


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